The three crosses on the Kreuzberg
|Elevation||928 m (3,045 ft)|
|Prominence||273 metres (896 ft)|
|Translation||Cross Mountain (German)|
|Location||Lower Franconia, Germany|
|Parent range||Rhön Mountains|
The Kreuzberg is one of the Rhön Mountains in southern Germany. With about 928 m (3,045 ft) high it is the highest elevation of the Bavarian part of the Rhön, in the province of Lower Franconia. The Kreuzberg — also referred to as the "sacred mountain of the Franconians" — is near the town of Bischofsheim an der Rhön in the district Rhön-Grabfeld.
The Kreuzberg draws a large number of tourists. People visit the Kreuzberg particularly for hiking and or to go skiing in the winter. To that end there are three ski lifts on the northern side of the mountain. In addition, there is also a luge track on the Kreuzberg.
Kreuzberg Monastery (Kloster Kreuzberg), which is situated just below the summit of the mountain, is one of the main attractions as well. There are frequent pilgrimages to the monastery church. The monastery is also famous for its beer, which was brewed on site by the monks until about 1992. Today the beer is brewed by laypersons under the supervision of the monks. Three different beers (Dunkel, Pilsner and Hefe-Weizen) are produced year-round and a fourth (Weihnachts-Bock) is available during the Christmas season. Approximately 8,500 hectoliters of beer are brewed each year at the monastery. The current Braumeister ("brew master") is Ulrich Klebl.
There is a facility for FM Radio and TV broadcasting (the Kreuzberg transmitter) situated at 928 m AMSL on the Kreuzberg. A 156 m (512 ft) high guyed mast transmission tower was established in 1951 and used until 1985. It has since been replaced by a 208 m (682 ft) high guyed mast.
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